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Traveler Locations

Hi,

I looked a nice boat over the weekend. The traveler was located on the bridge deck, right in front of the companionway. In looking at other models of this boat, I see the traveler is sometimes mounted right in front of the wheel, and sometimes forward of the companionway.

I understand the pros and cons of having the traveler in front of the wheel, or in front of the companionway. But what is the advantage of the traveler on the bridge deck? It seems the worst of both worlds - blocking access to the companionway, can't really be reached by the helm, makes installing a dodger difficult. What am I missing?

How difficult would it be to move the traveler aft to just in front of the wheel? That would prevent installation of a bimini, but I can probably live without that.

Lastly, I am interested in purchasing this boat, but the thought of selling my boat is not a good one. Any estimates on what O'day 35's are REALLY selling for?

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Re: Traveler Locations

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I like the trav right in front of the wheel.
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Re: Traveler Locations

You should be able to move it to just in front of the wheel with relatively little trouble. The biggest unknown is if you will be able to reuse the existing attachment hardware that is on the boom in the new location or if you need to have something fabricated. You might (I would) want to fabricate a "bridge" across the cockpit to suport the center part of the rail. Be sure to think through all of your line managment as well.
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Re: Traveler Locations

Bimini in my boat comes just up behind the top of the main sheet boom block, and the traveler is in the same place.

Price on O35.. whatever you can get?
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Re: Traveler Locations

My boat has the traveller on the bridge deck. This was the stock location and it doesn't hurt the installation of the dodger at all. The main sheet is mounted near the end of the boom. It would make adding a bimini interesting (we'd need to leave a slot between the bimini and dodger for the main sheet). Is there any location besides on the cabin top that makes installing a dodger and bimini problem free?

I don't have trouble reaching it from the helm. I usually sail sitting beside the helm on the windward side (same place I would sit if the boat had a tiller) and can reach forward to grab the main sheet or traveller. It's nice when sailing with a crew to have it forward so that one crew member can control the main, another sitting behind them working the genoa sheets, and I can sit behind them on the wheel. An O'Day 35 probably has a longer cockpit than a Pearson 28.

It does sort of block access to the companionway, but it's not so bad. I pull it to the side when we're docked, and people find their way around it when we're sailing.

On our boat it would be hard to move. The fiberglass has a recessed for the genoa track that lets it sit flush, and that doesn't exist anywhere else. The track would also barely be supported in front of the wheel.

I've sailed on boats with the traveller in front of the wheel and it's okay, but I don't like how it breaks up the cockpit. It's nice on race boats with huge cockpits, but not great on smaller cruising cockpits.
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Re: Traveler Locations

Moving it aft to the wheel should work, but sometimes there's no solid structure to work with.. ie cockpit seat hatches may preclude a proper traveler attachment.. so it will depend on the cockpit design. A short traveler might be added between the seats but that's reduction in effectiveness, though a good, powerful vang can offset that somewhat.


Ours is on our bridge deck, but it's very large and I can reach the sheet from the helm position.
It's also a good chart table for having real paper handy to read...


What boat are you looking at?
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Re: Traveler Locations

I used to think that that location would block access to the companionway, but in reality isn't the traveler car almost always clear of the companionway except if you're racing (and, in that case, no crew better be going below! )? It could be seen as eating into available/prime seating space in the cockpit.
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Re: Traveler Locations

I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would want the main sheet/traveler anywhere in the cockpit, unless it is a racing boat.
It is not only inconvenient, it is downright DANGEROUS! A sheet can be led anywhere convenient from outside the cockpit.
There must be a better way.
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Re: Traveler Locations

The traveller on my boat (Cal 2-27) is also on the bridge deck. It is kind of a PITA at times, as it gets in the way. But, if one isn't tacking back and forth too much it tends not to be too big a deal (I certainly wouldn't consider it "downright DANGEROUS"). The big plus is that such a location is very handy for the helmsman on a tiller-steered boat, particularly when sailing singlehanded. I wonder if the boat in the post at the top of this thread was originally designed to be fitted with a tiller rather than a wheel.
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Re: Traveler Locations

hi Guys,

Here is a link to the boat I am considering:

Search Springline Yacht Sales

It's a 2002 C&C 110. Never sold with a tiller. The factory located the traveler in one of three places: over the companionway, on the bridge deck, or in front of the helm.

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